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Hatfield girl Amelia Arnold killed by 'dumbbell-like' object

Amelia Arnold
Image caption Amelia Arnold received up to 10 blows to the head, the court was told

A Hertfordshire teenager died from a severe head injury inflicted by a heavy object like a dumbbell, a murder trial has been told.

Amelia Arnold, 19, died in Hatfield, in Hertfordshire, on 8 November.

Jack Wall, 22, of Hadrians Walk, Stevenage, denies murder, but admits manslaughter.

Pathologist Dr Nathaniel Cary told the jury at Blackfriars Crown Court that Miss Arnold had received up to 10 blows to the head.

'Severe head injury'

He said the weapon used was a threaded, heavy object "like a dumbbell".

Dr Cary said one blow caused an injury to the brain leading to her death.

He told the court she died as result of a "severe head injury".

He said he could not rule in or rule out strangling, but it did not contribute to her death.

Dr Cary added that Miss Arnold could have been alive for at least 30 minutes in a comatose state after the blows to the head.

The trial continues.

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